16 Best Things to do in Winchester & Nearby

Lovely Winchester is one of the must-see towns of Southern England. Located in a valley, what is now the River Itchen originally ran through town along what is now the high street.

In Saxon times Winchester was the capital of England and home to the treasury. And best of all, Winchester and the area around it are very photogenic. Here are my top 14 things to do in Winchester and around Winchester.

Construction of this world-famous cathedral was begun in 1079 by William the Conqueror. Winchester Cathedral is still a working cathedral and a critical part of the Winchester community. The exterior of the building is stunning.

Visit Winchester Cathedral


The Great Hall of Winchester has quite the history. Winchester never got the castle it was intended to have as it was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. However, he did let the Great Hall go and it is still standing.

The Great Hall


The River Itchen runs for 28 miles from mid-Hampshire to Southampton. A walk along this lovely chalk stream is one of the nicest Winchester attractions.

Walk the River Itchen


St Catherine’s Hill is a small chalk hill just outside Winchester. It provides some terrific views of Winchester and is a lovely little walk. Join the River Itchen at the end of Winchester High Street as above.

St Catherine’s Hill


The building of Wolvesey Castle began in 1107. It was home to Kings and Queens but was demolished in the 1680s. Today, it is a decent amount of rocky ruins located next to Wolvesey Palace.

Wolvesey Castle


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